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go                               SHIPPING PRACTICE

American Lakes, of 100 tons gross and upwards. The
Register is kept up to date by means of the cumulative
monthly Supplements referred to in the preceding para-
graph. Each Supplement is accompanied by particulars of
new entries to the Register, i.e. new ships and ships whose
names have been changed,

In the rearrangement mentioned, certain information of
a technical character formerly in the main Register Book
was transferred to the Appendix, which was styled Volume
II (Appendix). This now comprises (if the information is
supplied by the owners or is otherwise available) particulars
of structural details, capacities, etc., for dry-cargo ships,
tankers, and ships carrying refrigerated cargo; lists of
changes of ship's names and compound names; ships
arranged by nationalities in tonnage divisions; shipbuilders,
with existing ships they have built; marine-engine builders
and boilermakers; dry and wet docks; telegraphic addresses
and codes used by shipping firms; and list of marine
insurance companies. Volume III (Shipowners) contains a
list of owners and managers of ships recorded in the Register
with their fleets.

A brief description of the particulars found in the Register
will be of interest. Reference to the specimen page should
make the following points clearó


No. in Book. Inserted for index and reference purposes,
and may also be used for cabling purposes.

Official No. of the Ship's Register. This number is allotted
by and recorded on the Official Register of the country to
which a vessel belongs. In the United Kingdom official
numbers are allotted by the Registrar-General of Shipping
and Seamen.

CaH Sign. This is assigned to ships for identification
purposes and consists of a combination of letters or, in some
cases, letters and numerals.

Męo.T. Cert. (Ministry of Transport Certificate). This is
issued by the Ministry of Transport for British and certain